‘Me’ by Chippass Is Minimalist, Perfectly Off-Beat NorCal Rap

‘Me’ by Chippass featuring E-40 and ALLBLACK is some groovy, minimalist rap with some technical, interesting and genuinely unique flows. “They in love with money but they love themselves more,” a press release says. “Gotta keep it playa when you around these parts.” This has a slow, buzzy analog vibe that’s reminiscent of past trends. At the same time, it feels like forward-facing. Part of … Continue reading ‘Me’ by Chippass Is Minimalist, Perfectly Off-Beat NorCal Rap

Death by Horse’s ‘Summer’s Up’ Is Punchy Swedish Pop Punk

Death by Horse’s ‘Summer’s Up’ is a punchy, attitudinal interpretation of pop punk. This is a fun little tune from the Swedish rockers. As many Swedes do, these guys seem to have an affinity for the garage rock genre, but these guys are bringing a poppier, spunkier flavor to that sound. The female-led performance further separates these guys from the crowd. They have a meaningfully … Continue reading Death by Horse’s ‘Summer’s Up’ Is Punchy Swedish Pop Punk

‘Left Out in the Sun’ by First Round’s on Me Is Bass-Heavy Alt-Rock

‘Left Out in the Sun’ by First Round’s on Me is a prescient, groovy alternative rock track. These guys describe themselves as an “alternative/garage rock band in Chicago,” made up of “members influenced by classic rock, thrash metal, indie rock, blues and just about anything in between.” This, the band says, “is a personal song about struggling with working too much and finding time to … Continue reading ‘Left Out in the Sun’ by First Round’s on Me Is Bass-Heavy Alt-Rock

‘My Vision’ by Cold Lands Is Tight, Atmospheric Prog Rock

‘My Vision’ by Cold Lands is a precise, deeply atmospheric take on progressive rock. The band is described as, “an atmospheric rock project in which,” bandleader Alexandre Martorano “writes, composes and performs.” Martorano started the band after attending, “a classical music school where he studied classical guitar for eight years.” He “began writing his first compositions in 2004.” This is an impressive track. The way … Continue reading ‘My Vision’ by Cold Lands Is Tight, Atmospheric Prog Rock

‘Girlfriend’ by Small Words Is a Strong Take on Traditional Pop Punk

‘Girlfriend’ by Small Words is a clean, crunchy take on a radio-friendly iteration of pop punk. These guys describe themselves as, “an energetic indie rock band out of Indianapolis, IN.” This year, the band will release a new record titled Good Day, Bad Me. “The album explores the struggles of addiction, grief, depression, and accepting one’s own mortality,” the band says. “In these trying times we need to … Continue reading ‘Girlfriend’ by Small Words Is a Strong Take on Traditional Pop Punk

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ is some deep, folky indie rock from this prolific singer-songwriter. “In August 2016,” a press release reads, “during what he now recognizes as his lowest point, David Bazan was touring the country alone in an aging minivan and found himself in his hometown of Phoenix.” Before taking off the next morning “Bazan gave himself the gift of a quick … Continue reading Pedro the Lion’s ‘The Quietest Friend’ Is the Most Introspective Indie Rock

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ is some sweet, expansive and deeply melodic pop rock with a sad, punky approach. These guys describe themselves as an “alternative rock band out of Hampton Roads, Virginia” with a sound aiming “to bridge the gap between a more vibed out indie, alternative sound and heavier aspects of rock.” The band describes this track as, “an escape from the duality of … Continue reading Paragon’s ‘Chaos Order Chaos’ Is Pop Rock with Brains

Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ Is Robust Upstate Pop Punk

Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ is some thick, energetic pop punk with some Upstate New York attitude. This “is the debut track for Small Town Glows upcoming EP You’re Welcome to be released February 14,” the band says. “Small Town Glow is the rock band alias created by songwriter and sole permanent member, Josh Robin.” In a lot of ways, this is a pretty standard … Continue reading Small Town Glow’s ‘Speed Trap’ Is Robust Upstate Pop Punk

Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ Is Fuzzy, Nostalgic Indie Rock

Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ is some fuzzy, layered indie rock with a broad, homey approach. These guys have “quickly become of the best kept secrets in their music scene today,” they say. “The band fuses electronic and experimental elements into their ragged, heart-on-your-sleeve folk-rock.” They use the somewhat facetious phrase “Bandcamp songs for Soundcloud kids,” to define their sound. There’s a lot of really cool stuff happening … Continue reading Runner’s ‘Eggshell’ Is Fuzzy, Nostalgic Indie Rock

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie

Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ is some sad, downbeat indie rock out of Kansas City. “Originally started as an acoustic bedroom project by singer/guitarist Hopyard Mathison,” these guys say “Employer became a band when Morgan Greenwood and Josh King joined him full-time. Together,” the band “quickly realized how much they had previously missed being creative in a totally free, collaborative environment and vowed to keep … Continue reading Employer’s ‘Git Off My Property’ Is Downbeat Indie